Aquatera was established in 2000 to provide a modern and innovative suite of environmental services and products. The company delivers to local, UK and worldwide markets and has established a strong track record in the renewable energy and other energy sectors. This work includes preparation of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA) documents for renewable energy projects and strategies, as well as resource assessment studies, risk assessments, design advice, operations support, environmental surveying, developing visualisation tools and producing information and awareness materials.
Aquatera has a passion for renewable energy development, believing that it can provide substantial amounts of quality energy, which can be used to offset energy produced from carbon-emitting technologies.
In addition to experience in renewable energy, Aquatera and its associates have a vast knowledge of wider environmental and social studies, particularly in offshore and coastal areas. The team has completed numerous research projects, including a number funded by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other government bodies, and are expert practitioners in their various fields. Aquatera’s support IT, multimedia and graphic design specialists are also leaders in their respective fields.
The ability for Aquatera to organise and deliver has been recognised by its clients and the wider business community, notably via the 2001 BP Helios Awards and the 2002 Highlands and Islands Enterprise Business of the Year Awards. Aquatera received a Highlands and Islands Small Business of the Year Commendation in 2003, and a Scottish Planning Awards Commendation in 2007 for its part in developing The Highland Council's renewable energy strategy. Also, in 2008, Aquatera was invited to participate in an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Scholarship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Business School.
With nearly 20 years of professional support to the oil and gas industry, Aquatera also has in-depth knowledge of the current major energy supply chain based upon hydrocarbons. The company has experience across the world – from seismic surveys to field abandonment plans, and from operations in the deep sea to desert environments. Aquatera therefore has a wealth of understanding about how the oil and gas industry works, and has ideas about how it can adapt to a world about to embark upon the carbon transition process.
Aquatera's core focus is upon the environment, in its broadest sense. Whether considering plankton or people, habitats or homes, birds or businesses, the company will ensure that any policy, plan or project meets the highest standards of stewardship and stakeholder expectations, whilst also working for the overall success of the particular scheme. Aquatera specialises in the management of interactions with, and impacts on, the environment.
The success of Aquatera's approach can be seen from the number of projects it has carried out for a wide array of clients, and the loyalty these clients have shown to the company. Please visit the Projects section of the website to read case studies of projects conducted by Aquatera.